A blog for (semi) athletic middle-aged men (and women) holding on to (the last vestiges of) their youth
by training for and competing in running, cycling, swimming and triathlon events!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Mind Games

I woke up around 3:00 a.m. this morning after about 4-1/2 hours of sleep. As I was hovering in that semi-conscious state between awake and asleep my mind became filled with negative thoughts and images -- panicking in the water, bike breaking down, bonking on the run. It's funny how the mind works at night. So irrational. And yet the thoughts and images seem so real. Finally I snapped out of it and consciously began replacing the negative thoughts with positive ones -- finishing the swim, cruising on my bike, crossing the finish line.

It's 5:30 a.m. and all my gear is packed and ready to go so I thought I'd post one more time. By the time you read this I will probably be in the water, on my bike or running through the beautiful vineyards of Northern California. Face west and send positive thoughts my way. I have been bouyed by the support and encouragement of all of you. I am so thankful for my circle of family and friends and look forward to seeing each of you soon and trying to describe the feeling of crossing the finish line.

That's why I do this. Crossing the finish line, cresting the summit of Independence Pass, riding up to the St. Louis Arch after a four-day, 400-mile trek across Missouri. Setting a goal and reaching it. It's a great feeling.



  1. Go Daren Go!!! We are so proud of you and we are here to give you support. All our positive energy is with you. We will be watching and following along the way. Good luck!!! Lots of love,

    Betty, Jon, alex and Brandon

  2. I think you're probably on the swim now. Hope all is going well and we'll be checking in later today to read Leslie's updates.


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